We are pleased to announce that there are Downtown & Historic Wharf District businesses in EVERY CATEGORY of the Best of Morgantown 2014 Awards. Thank you to all who voted for and support Downtown & the Wharf businesses!
See below for all the award winners, as featured in Morgantown Magazine:
Food & Drink
Apothecary Ale House & Café
“Best Beer Selection”
The world of craft brews can seem pretentious and impenetrable. The bartenders at Apothecary are full of suggestions and are willing to answer all of your beer-related questions, making delving into their vast inventory an enjoyable adventure. Apothecary caters to both the beer aficionado and the interested novice.
“Best Local Bartender”—Grace Hutchens
Go to Apothecary just once and you’ll be friends with Grace. The friendliest bartender in town will no doubt remember your drink—whether it be IPA, hefeweizen, or chardonnay—and is also great at recommending new craft brews.
227 Chestnut Street, 304.291.2291, facebook.com/apothecaryalehousecafe
Black Bear Burritos
“Best Power Lunch”
“Most Vegetarian Friendly”
“Best Place to Take Out of Town Guests”
This tri-winner is the best of the best. With live music, a wide range of ethnic cuisines, ingredients that are both fresh and local, and a family friendly setting, it’s hard to think of anything Black Bear doesn’t do well.
132 Pleasant Street, 304.296.8696, blackbearburritos.com
The Blue Moose Café
“Best Open Mic”
The Blue Moose is known for its relaxed atmosphere and diverse patrons, and Open Mic Night every Wednesday complements this setting. Listeners and performers crowd into the café for acts ranging from a ragtime duo playing the washboard and trumpet to sultry jazz singers and even the occasional poet. Sign-ups start at 7:30 p.m. and the stage opens at 8 p.m.
248 Walnut Street, 304.292.8999, thebluemoosecafe.com
“Best Sweet Indulgence”
As the first and only exclusively cupcake bakery in Morgantown, The Cupcakerie has won for the third year in a row. The Cupcakerie serves cupcakes made with the finest ingredients, including options that are gluten-free, sugar-free, and vegan. Let The Cupcakerie design custom cupcakes for your wedding, shower, birthday, or tailgate party.
194 Willey Street, 304.212.5464, thecupcakerie.com
“Best Late-Night Menu”
With more than 50 unique Zones (aka calzones) on its menu and a build-your-own option, D.P. Dough also offers wings, fries, and breadsticks, making it the ultimate late-night indulgence.
408 High Street, 304.292.2444, dpdough.com
“Best Place to Caffeinate”
Due to its convenient location, The Grind is a favorite of students, professors, and townies alike. Knowledgeable baristas brew the best caffeinated drinks in town, and the deli sandwiches are a lunchtime favorite as well. The Grind recently underwent some exciting changes, including a change in ownership, a new name, Wi-Fi, extended hours, and the ability to accept credit cards.
168 Willey Street, 304.296.5297, facebook.com/thegrindwv
Morgantown Brewing Company
“Best Local Brew”
Morgantown Brewing Company has been pouring some of the finest pints in town since it reopened in 2009. Morgantown Brewing’s master brewer, Brian Anderson, releases special small batches every week. Morgantown Brewing also offers free tours on Mondays at 6 p.m. and hosts bluegrass on Wednesdays, jazz on Thursdays, trivia on Sundays, and dinner daily.
1291 University Avenue, 304.292.6959, morgantownbrewing.com
Mountain State Brewing Company
“Best Outdoor Dining”
Right off the rail trail, Mountain State Brewing Company has one of the best views of the mighty Mon River as it flows in the Downtown & Wharf Districts. There are plenty of seats on its two-story patio, where guests sip microbrews or home-brewed root beer alongside some of Morgantown’s best wood-fired pizzas.
“Best Local Trivia Night”
If you unknowingly stumble into Mountain State Brewing Company on a Tuesday, be prepared for a flurry of activity. Flatbread pizzas fly out of the wood-fired brick over and the taps flow as families, college students, coworkers and everyone in between gets wrapped into team trivia.
54 Clay Street, 304.241.1976, mountainstatebrewingcompany.com
With a choice of ground beef, ground turkey, chicken breast, or grilled marinated Portobello cap, a burger at Tailpipes has many forms. Specialty combinations named after classic cars make each sandwich an adventure for your taste buds.
417 High Street, 304.225.2535
Tudor’s Biscuit World
Tudor’s flaky biscuits piled high with ingredients are pure comfort food, complete with fun names like the Politician and the Mountaineer.
376 High Street, 304.241.4575
“Best Place for Mountaineer Gear”
The Book Exchange is not just for WVU students. This is a place where anyone can shop for officially licensed gear, from car decals to apparel to tailgating supplies, or even a six-foot-tall gold and blued Christmas tree.
152 Willey Street, 304.292.7354, bookexchangewv.com
Coni & Franc
“Best Place to Buy a Wedding Dress”
This is the third year that Coni & Franc has won this award. The shop offers attentive service and beautiful items that will help make your wedding even more special.
422 High Street, 304.296.9466, coniandfranc.net
The Elegant Alley Cat
“Best Local Gift Shop”
Shopping at The Elegant Alley Cat is a sensory experience. Since 1987, owner Linda Snyder has offered a tasteful, eclectic selection of gifts and home décor in her High Street shop—including brands like Vera Bradley, Trollbeads, and Root Candles. This winter, the shop expanded to offer clothing lines for young women and professionals as well as fun accessories, including sequined shoes, scarves and more.
358 High Street, 304.292.4433, elegantalleycat.com
Mountain People’s Co-Op
“Best Place to Buy Healthy Food”
For more than 30 years, Mountain People’s Co-op has been a one-stop shop for everything organic and local. Anyone can shop here, but members get a say in what products the co-op sells, ranging from fruit to tea to health products.
1400 University Avenue, 304.291.6131, mountainpeoplescoop.com
Downtime in Downtown
The Metropolitan Theatre
“Best Local Theatre”
Each year, The Met hosts 90 to 120 performances, drawing 35,000 to 45,000 people downtown. Performances range from local dance companies and WVU theater performances to national comedy acts and video presentations.
373 High Street, 304.291.4884, morgantownmet.com
Monongalia Arts Center
Monongalia Arts Center (MAC) has been broadening horizons for more than 30 years with two exhibition galleries and a theater. Its building, the old Morgantown post office, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
107 High Street, 304.292.3325, monartscenter.com
“Best Local Recreation Store”
Adventure is around the corner, and it starts at Pathfinder. Housed in the historic Mon Building, Pathfinder offers any outdoor specialty goods, services and outerwear you could possibly need, including BMX bikes, top-of-the-line snowboards, North Face jackets and kayaks.
235 High Street, 304.296.0076, pathfinderwv.com
J.S. Walker Associates
“Best Real Estate Agency”
For the third year, J.S. Walker has shown that he can help with any real estate need.
148 Fayette Street, 304.296.0074, jswalker.com
Best Dry Cleaner
For the third year, Massullo’s has continued to provide quick, quality service.
447 High Street, 304.296.5210
Café Bacchus—“Best Romantic Restaurant”
76 High Street, 304.296.9234
Mountain State Brewing Company—“Best Pizza”
54 Clay Street, 304.241.1976, mountainstatebrewingcompany.com
Oliverio’s Ristorante—“Best Romantic Restaurant”
52 Clay Street, 304.296.2565, oliverioristorante.com